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A Prayer for “Stationing”

by Richard on October 13, 2013

There’s no denying that Methodism is a peculiar beast. One of our most baffling peculiarities, to non-Methodists at least, is “stationing” — the system by which ministers are matched to their appointments. I mention this only because the annual round is just beginning. This weekend has seen the delivery of the profile books. A set [...]

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New era for learning in the Methodist Church

by Richard on September 2, 2013

The Methodist Church has formally launched the biggest change in generations to how and where it offers training, learning and development, according to lead staff working for the new Discipleship and Ministries Learning Network. Once up and running, it will offer greater opportunities for training for lay ministry and service. The Learning Network was set [...]


It’s been a long story, but all’s well that ends well. On Wednesday the Supreme Court delivered it’s judgement that Methodist ministers are not not employees and do not have recourse to employment tribunals. Inevitably, the judgement is not light bedtime reading, but I was impressed by the obvious care that the judges had taken [...]


A question of calling

by Richard on April 16, 2013

Matt Collins — a self-confessed ‘Methodist geek’ –is called to be a bureaucrat
I am not a great ideas man, but I am happy to support those who are, to put frameworks in place, work on policy and procedure to facilitate great projects. As well as a meetings man, I am a bit of a techy. [...]


Conference communication considered

by Richard on July 12, 2011

Methodist Church head of communications Toby Scott on the Methodist Conference and Social Media


From the Methodist Church
The Methodist Conference agreed that failure to acknowledge the urgent need for radical cuts in greenhouse gas emissions was “morally irresponsible” in a statement adopted by the Church today.
The statement has been two years in the making. In 2009 a report entitled “Hope in God’s Future” addressed the need to look at [...]


In the ordinary way I’d have blogged this last week when I first heard about it, but I haven’t exactly been on top form recently…
Ordination services in British Methodism are held annually at venues in the vicinity of the Conference. They are often held in non-Methodist Churches because we don’t have enough buildings around that [...]


I’m grateful to Ray Gaston for pointing out Old Habits Die Hard: A Critique of Recent Christian Statements on Israel (pdf), a lecture given by Amy-Jill Levine of Vanderbilt University. I’ve only galloped through it, but I think it will repay close attention.


An unhappy pragmatist

by Richard on April 8, 2011

Angela Shier-Jones has been on a roll with her blogging recently, though for any Methodist with more than a passing interest in the affairs of the church it will likely make painful reading. Sometimes, of course, pain is good and necessary and what she has been saying should be carefully attended to. Her post this [...]

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Methodist Church launches Japan appeal

by Richard on March 15, 2011

From the Methodist Church:
The Methodist Church’s World Mission Fund has launched an appeal on behalf of its partner church in Japan following the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that struck on Friday (March 11).
Reports from the United Church of Christ in Japan (UCCJ) reveal that the 8.9 magnitude earthquake, which has [...]


Free speech?

by Richard on March 9, 2011

I never expected the recent conversation here about free speech to have an urgent relevance to the little world of British Methodist blogging. But it does.
Self-styled controversialist David Hallam (aka Methodist Preacher) has been pursuing a campaign against what he sees as anti-semitism in the Methodist Church since the Conference last summer. He has even [...]


The Methodist Church has condemned plans by Westminster City Council to ban rough sleeping and soup runs for the homeless as ‘disgusting’ and ‘absurd’.
The Council is planning to pass a by-law that that would ban rough sleeping and prohibit soup runs from operating in a designated area around Westminster Cathedral. If approved, the by-law could [...]


Local Preachers?

by Richard on February 8, 2011

Angela wants to put the ‘local’ back in to Local Preachers.
Anyone got any experience of Circuits that have put this sort of scheme in place? With the advent of larger ’super-Circuits’, this could be a helpful response.

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Anyone who has been reading this blog for the last little while will be aware of the controversy that was stirred by the Methodist Conference report Justice for Palestine and Israel. Following a meeting earlier this month, the Methodist Church and the Board of Deputies issued the following statement
On 7 January 2011, a conversation took [...]


Election of Youth President

by Richard on November 24, 2010

The Methodist Youth Assembly has elected Sam Taylor as the Church’s new Youth President for 2011-2012.
“I am delighted to have been elected as Youth President designate and I am greatly looking forward to starting the role in September,” said Sam, following his election at the Youth Assembly last weekend.
Sam, aged 17, is currently [...]


Methodists and Israel

by Richard on October 27, 2010

Some of the ‘debate’ that’s come out of the Methodist Conference report ‘Justice for Palestine and Israel’ has become very heated (the phrase ‘more heat than light’ springs to mind). The comment has become very personal. And in the process, the central point is being lost. I’d like to return to it if I may. [...]


Christians suing Christians

by Richard on October 23, 2010

An evangelical Anglican responds to the lawsuit threatened against the Methodist Church.
Stephen Sizer :: Using Christian money to sue a Church for using Christian money…
The Methodist Church does not “think it has a God given right to tell Jews how to run their affairs.” The Methodist Church knows it has a God-given responsibility not to [...]


Let me be honest. I’m not entirely convinced that the petition* was the best idea I’ve ever had. Even so, it has given folk an opportunity to express their view about the Methodist Church’s ‘Justice for Palestine and Israel’ report and resolution and that, I think, is proving worthwhile. Here’s a comment from a Stanley [...]


Standing with the vulnerable

by Richard on October 19, 2010

We will judge spending cuts on how they affect the most vulnerable, says Methodist president
Addressing a rally organised by the Trade Union Congress today, Revd Alison Tomlin, President of the Methodist Conference, raised concerns that spending cuts will hit the poor hardest.
Speaking on the eve of the comprehensive spending review at Methodist Central Hall Westminster, [...]


Methodist Church’s boycott of Israeli goods

by Richard on October 15, 2010

There’s a letter in the Church Times today that puts the case against David Hallam’s legal action as clearly as I’ve seen it anywhere. Unfortunately it is sitting behind a paywall and I’m not sure I should quote it all. However, there’s one point which I haven’t seen anywhere else:
First, we are enjoined in the [...]